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The Last Thing He Told Me: The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese's Book Club Pick Kindle Edition
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IT WAS THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME: PROTECT HER
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his new wife, Hannah: protect her. Hannah knows exactly who Owen needs her to protect - his teenage daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. And who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As her desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, his boss is arrested for fraud and the police start questioning her, Hannah realises that her husband isn't who he said he was. And that Bailey might hold the key to discovering Owen's true identity, and why he disappeared. Together they set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen's past, they soon realise that their lives will never be the same again...
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"You will not think that this is Laura's first suspense novel as it's so sharp and well done." -- Book Reporter
"Dave's neat trick is to unveil revelations at a brisk clip that does not overwhelm character development. The novel's richness comes from the way Hannah and Bailey realize they need each other in the face of staggering loss; the mutual trust that grows between them is genuinely moving. As both daughter and stepmother come to realize, "That's how you fill in the blanks -- with stories and memories from the people who love you." -- TheNew York Times Book Review
"The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is a fast-moving, heartfelt thriller about the sacrifices we make for the people we love most." -- Real Simple
"A page turner." -- Associated Press
"Gripping." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Light and bright, despite its edgy plot." -- Vogue
"Page-turning, exhilarating, and unforgettable." -- PopSugar
"What starts as an intimate meditation on found families deftly turns into a heart-pounding mystery reminiscent of the best true crime stories. But both work so beautifully in this gripping, perfectly-paced novel. I dare you to stop reading." -- Susie Yang, New York Times bestselling author of White Ivy
"Dave pulls off something that feels both new and familiar: a novel of domestic suspense that unnerves, then reassures. This is the antithesis of the way novels like Gone Girl or My Lovely Wife are constructed; in The Last Thing He Told Me, the surface is ugly, the situation disturbing, but almost everyone involved is basically good underneath it all. Dave has given readers what many people crave right now--a thoroughly engrossing yet comforting distraction." -- BookPage
"Laura Dave's The Last Thing He Told Me is a thrilling roller coaster of a novel. This smart, intimate exploration of love and family is the foundation of a beautifully constructed mystery filled with twists and turns. A must-read." --Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee
"With dizzying suspense and gorgeous prose, The Last Thing He Told Me tackles tough questions about trust, marriage and what it means to be a family. A page-turner of the highest order." -- Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08MHDDLVT
- Publisher : Viper; Main edition (4 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2926 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 201 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed the plot because it moved along sensibly and believably. I do not enjoy mysteries that use concocted drama to create a false tension. The only time I thought this may be happening, it turned out to be a logical progression in the plot.
I did find the ending satisfying and believable. Good book.
The author some how didn't develop a single likeable character in the whole book (I was actively rooting against the main character for a majority of the book). The plot is wildly unbelievable and plain stupid. Nothing is developed in enough detail to make much sense and the whole plot feels rushed. The writing style is immature and makes for a very boring read as the author 'tells' instead of 'showing'. Some of the vocabulary choices in the book are unnecessary to the point of not making sense in their own context.
I really struggled to finish this book (in the midst of isolation with nothing else to do). Save your money and read something else.
THE MAIN CHARACTER IS SO ASTUTE. HER EMPATHY IS SO BELIEVABLY GROUNDED IN HER OWN EXPERIENCE AND HER INTELLIGENCE. SHE OUTWITS THE MAIN PLAYERS IN THE DRAMA OF THE STORY BASED ON HER INNATE GOODNESS AND HER BELIEF IN HER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAN SHE LOVES.
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The only pleasure I got out of this book is the cathartic experience I'm having writing this review and arriving at the sound decision of never buying a Reese Witherspoon book club pick again. And if she produces or stars in the film or series version, I'll never forgive her or watch Walk the Line again for like the 12th time.
1. The lack of suspense- even though the story has promise, it’s not really exciting. There’s no antagonist chasing Hannah (main character) trying to cover the truth or any meaningful confrontation
2. It didn’t seem believable- it just so happens that the main character (a wood turner) is also a mock detective with killer instincts, ALL of which work out in this book. Not one wrong turn. Recalling and deciphering a memory from months and sometimes years ago. It all happened far too easily to seem plausible, and there was no real chase. Hannah discovers everything within two days (the majority of the book taking place in 3-4 days)😕
3. The flat ‘climax’ in which we find out what happened to Hannah’s husband and his ‘sordid’ history- This was so uncreative and not really all that interesting. When I read this ‘plot twist’ I thought ‘is that it? That’s all??’
It is an easy read and it was intriguing but I kind of finished it going ‘meh’. I would never recommend this to a friend saying ‘oh my gosh this book is so amazing, you should definitely read it’.